List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Horse Isle
Horse Isle
Horse Isle
Horse Isle

Horse Island
New Sta Acct [Statistical Account]
Mr Hugh Weir
Mr J Fullarton
Johnson's Co [County] Map
Aitkens Map
Mr Moffat
Admiralty Chart
015 This Island is about ¾ of a mile N.W [North West] from the harbour of Ardrossan. It is nearly ½ a mile long and greatest width about 27 chains, it is partly surrounded by shelving rocks those on the S [South] & West being of the greatest magnitude. The interior of the Island is used in the Summer Season for depasturing cattle being a rough description of rocky pasture.
There is a rude harbour on the North side of the Island which tends to form two small islands not covered at high water. -

Horse Isle is the popular name.

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Parish of Ardrossan County of Ayr

"Horse Isle, which according to Pont, takes its
" name , not from horses being pastured on it,
" but from ye surname of Horsse of ye Philipe
" Horsse, son in law to Sir Richard Morwell who
" in old evidents, wes stylled Philipes de Horssay,
Janitor Comitis Gallovidiœ.
New Stat Acct [New Statistical Account]

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